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Tanjore City Guide

Famous as the 'Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu', Tanjore as being the district headquarters is a most preferred tourist destination. The place is renowned to house Brahadeeswarar Temple. Also called the Granary of South India, the city is located in deltaic area of the Cauvery River. The city is also a popular center of south Indian art as well as architecture.

In and around the Tanjore, a number of UNESCO world heritage monuments and living Chola shrines are located. The place is also the home of famous Tanjore painting, an exclusive style of this territory. During Chola King Raja Raja Chola, the city was at its crest.

Places to pay a visit to

Brahadeeswarar Temple

It is also regarded as 'Big Temple' and laid foundation by King Raja Raja Chola. The holy place is an architect's wonder and is declared as UNESCO world heritage site. The presiding deity is Lord Shiva (Brahadeeswarar). The Shiv Linga of this shrine is possibly the grandest in reality. Big with its glowing tower, the temple stands tall. The Massive figurine of Nandhi measures 25 tons in weight. This is considered the 2nd biggest Nandhi statue in India. Visiting around the temple takes about one hour.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
NO 6:00 am - 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm NO NO

Palace: The palace is at a distance of 1 Km from the holy place. The foundation of the palace was laid by the Nayaks around 1550 AD & partially by Marathas. The palace covers an area of about 10 acres. It has gigantic corridors, observational, spacious halls and arsenal towers along with shady patios. At the present within the palace, Sangeetha Mahal, Art Gallery and King Saroboji Saraswathi Mahal Library are situated.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Foreigner Rs. 30/-, Indian Rs. 7/- - NO Rs. 30/-

Saraswathi Mahal Library

This got opened between the periods of 1535 AD & 1673 for the sovereigns of Nayaks. Later on the library was extended by the Maratha kings between the periods of 1673 AD & 1855. Thousands of books got placed in this library during the realm of Saroboji II. The library contains assortments of rare as well as illustrated manuscripts in both Indian & European languages. There are more than 20,000 palm leaf manuscripts. King Saroboji collected rare Sanskrit books from various locations and kept in this library.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
NO 9.00 AM - 1.00 PM & 2.00 PM - 5.00 PM 2nd Saturday of every month, Every
Wednesday & National Holidays
Not Allowed

Nayak Art Gallery

It is located or can say positioned in the Nayak Durbar Hall. The art gallery boats an assortment of Bronze figurines and stone statuettes of Cholas dating back to 12th -15th centuries.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Rs 60/- for foreigners & Rs 7/- for Indians
(No charge for child, age up to 5 yrs )
9.00 AM - 1.00 PM & 3.00 PM - 6.00 AM Government Holidays Rs. 100/-

Maratha Durbar Hall

This splendid hall was built by Shahji II by 1684. It has elaborately bedecked walls, pillars and ceilings. At present the Durbar Hall features the Rajaraja Museum & Art Gallery with an imposing set of bronze as well as stone statues dating back from 7th to 20th centuries.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video camera
Rs 50/- for foreigners & Rs 10/-
for Indians
10.00 AM - 1.00 PM & 2.00 PM
to 5.00 AM
Government Holidays Rs. 100/-, Rs. 50/-

Sivagangai Garden

This is an attractive park. It is situated to the North side of the Big Temple. The garden features a fine collection of gorgeous and beautiful birds, flowers and animals.

Tamil University

This University was set up in 1981. It is engaged in higher study as well as research in Tamil. It also has a fine collection of music instruments and coins.

Entrance fee Time to visit Holidays Video Camera
NO 6.00 AM - 10.00 PM - No

Day Excursion from Tanjore

Tanjore - Velankanni (Vailankanni) - Tanjore

Located on the seashore of the Bay of Bengal, Velankanni is a small city. It is renowned for Roman Catholic Church, which is dedicated to 'Lady of Good Health'. The city is 100 km away from Tanjore and it takes 2 hrs drive to reach.

Entrance fee Time to visit Video Camera Holidays
NO 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Not Allowed NO

Tanjore-Tranquebar- Tanjore

It is 120 Kms away from Tanjore. The place is also famous as Tarangambadi, which is called as the 'Place of the singing waves'. It is a panchayat town in the district of Nagapattinam and is approx 100 km south of Pondicherry close to the junction of a tributary of River Cauvery. From 1620 to 1845, the place was a Danish colony in India.

Tranquebar Beach

It is a sea-side hamlet, where the Danish traders settled for employment and trade. On the right hand side of the village, there is a beautiful Governor's palace that depicts the past. It is considered an ideal place to enjoy suntan.

Tanjore-Gangaikondacholapuram- Tanjore

It is 35 Km away from Kumbakonam and 75 Km away from Tanjore. The town was set up by Rajendra Chola to memorialize his triumphant march to the Ganges. 'Gangaikondacholapuram' means - The city of the Chola who imprisoned Ganges. The holy place located here is an imitation of Brahadeeswara Temple in sited in Tanjore. The temple was constructed by Raja Raja Chola's son Rajendra Chola.

The Shiva Lingam installed in the holy place is considered the biggest lingam in whole South India. The inner chamber for all time remains temperature-controlled. The sanctum remains hot uring winter and cool during summer. On the roof and on the walls, there are 42 Chola style sculptures. Winter is the best period to pay a trip to this place.

Entrance fee Time to visit Video Camera Holidays
NO 7:00 AM-12.00 PM & 4.00 PM-8:00 PM NO NO


In 1620 A.D., this fort was constructed by a Danish navy officer. Locals call it Dansborg Fort. The fort is still found there posing like a rock and is 100m away from the beach. It consists of two levels; the Rooms joining the Rampart wall at the bottom level were utilized as prison, godown, plus rest area for the warriors. The upper or higher level was reserved for the abode of the Governor & the Priests. Under the Monuments and Archaeological Sites & Remains Act of 1966, it has been declared at a historically important monumental site.

Entrance fee Time to visit Video Camera Holidays Camera
Indians Rs.5/- & Foreigners - Rs.50/- 10.00AM-2PM & 3.00PM-6.00 PM Rs. 100/- Friday & Government Holidays Rs. 50/-

Fairs, Festivals and Celebrations: Dance Festival

Every year, the festival of dance & music takes place the Brahadeeswarar temple on every 2nd & 4th Saturdays of a month.

Thiruvaiyaru Music Festival

About 14 kms away from Tanjore, Thiyagarajar Aradhana (a Carnatic classical music celebration) is rejoiced in the month of January. The celebration takes place in honor of Thiyagarajar, who is the Carnatic music saint. This celebration takes place in many parts of the world.However, the festival celebrated at Thiruvaiyaru is much esteemed.

Birth Anniversary of King Raja Raja Chola

&It is rejoiced as 'Sadhaya Vizha' at Tanjore in Brahadeeswarar Temple yearly. It falls in the month of October (Tamil month of Iyppasi).


This festival is celebrated in Big Temple every month. Legends are that all Gods and Devas get assembled in Shiva shrines during the period of Pradosham. The festival falls once in all 15 days and regarded most propitious by Saivites, just about 2 days before either on Full moon day (Pournami) or new moon day (Amavasya).

Ways to Get in:

Airways: Trichy is the nearest airport and next neighboring airport is at Madurai, which is about 220 kms by highway. Visitors heading to the place from other parts of the nation can land on Chennai airport.

Railways: The railway junction found in Kumbakonam is well linked with Trichy, Tanjore, Chennai, Mysore and Bangalore.

Road: the highways running to the Tanjore are well-linked with other towns in Tamilnadu.